Public Works Crews Alternate Between Snow Removal, Pothole Fixes

March 06, 2018 07:21 PM

The time in late winter has arrived at which feels as if new potholes are popping up overnight.

Turns out, it's not just a feeling. You can thank alternating freezes and thaws over the past couple of weeks. 


Public works officials say potholes are getting fixed; some communities, such as Minneapolis, use a temporary patch to fill them during the winter before following up with a permanent fix in the warmer months.

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Mike Kennedy, of Minneapolis Public Works, tells us that when crews aren't busy plowing snow, they're on pothole patrol. 

"It's all temporary patching in the winter time," he said. "We just use a street mixer – a cold patch, as they call it – to just put it in the pothole, roll it a little bit, and off we go. Then they will come back and make permanent repairs in the summer time."  

One such temporary patch – installed after a water main break in January – failed in downtown St. Paul, creating a buzz Tuesday.  A crew has since replaced the temporary patch. 

Crews begin transitioning to summer road work beginning in April; that work includes permanent pothole patches and other street paving. However, that's all contingent on weather, of course. In the meantime, motorists will likely notice more potholes on older or damaged roads with cracks that are in need of a proper repaving. 


Lindsey Brown

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